- America’s Best Card Shop™ is in the home stretch!
After receiving nearly 1,400 submissions, we’re nearly ready to name America’s Best Card Shop™. a prize package worth approximately $50,000 is on the line, and there are only four stores standing.
These are the America’s Best Card Shop™ finalists:
- Baseball Card Connection (Effingham, IL) —Baseball Card Connection is a family-owned card shop that has been in business for 30 years. It operates out of a 6,000 square foot store in downtown Effingham, and has more than 10 million cards in stock.
- The Card Vault (Foxborough, MA) — Located across the street from Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play, The Card Vault bills itself as “the ultimate sports card experience.” The Card Vault is a modern retail shop for collectors to buy, sell, trade, and submit their cards for grading.
- Honey Hole Collectibles (Escondido, CA) — Honey Hole Collectibles is a shop that has something for everyone. It boasts a huge inventory of the newest releases, an incredible selection of cards from the 80s and 90s, and cases full of graded singles. Honey Hole is located 30 minutes north of San Diego.
- Real Sportscards (Champlin, MN) —Located just outside of Minneapolis, Real Sportscards has reimagined the traditional sports card store. Their flagship shop in Champlin features a sales floor, a lounge, and studios where they break online for more than 10 hours every day.
The four finalists were selected by an all-star panel of judges of well-known personalities within the sports card hobby including: Topps’ Hobby Sales Director Kevin O’Neil, Women of the Hobby co-founder and industry veteran Susan “Sooz” Lulgjuraj, Loupe founder and CEO Eric Doty, Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon, and artist and entrepreneur DJ Skee.
We’d like to extend a huge “thank you!” to The Topps Company, Blowout Cards, All Sports Marketing and PSA for helping sponsor America’s Best Card Shop™ and making this nationwide search possible.
After you check out each of the finalists, you can vote for America’s Best Card Shop™ here. The winner is 100 percent determined by the community, so your voice definitely matters! We’ll crown a champion live on-stage at The National toward the end of July, finally naming America’s Best Card Shop™ once and for all.
- Loupe Seller Spotlight: OPC Baseball
This week, the Loupe Seller Spotlight series continues with OPC Baseball, located in Caldwell, TX. From showcasing cards in a friend’s local record store to owning his own space and breaking on Loupe, OPC Baseball’s owner, Tom Salem, has maintained his passion for the hobby by continuing to reinvent himself as the business of sports cards evolves.
Tune into the Loupe YouTube Channel to hear him tell his story in his own words, and also explain the moments and ways he’s seen his business grow.
- Loupe has $50 bounties out on 2021 Panini Contenders Optic Football!
It’s no secret that we love orange. It’s kind of what we do around here.
With 2021 Contenders Optic Football dropping today, we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to go looking for orange. Here’s the deal. We’re paying out $50 in Loupe credit for every Orange parallel numbered out of 50 or less that’s pulled from 2021 Contenders Optic Football. The promotion runs from Wednesday, June 22 through Friday, June 24, and only applies to cards pulled on the app.
If you’re unfamiliar with Contenders Optic Football, check out our product preview. Basically, it’s a premium version of regular Contenders, and Rookie Tickets are still the big chase.
Are you down to go hunting with us? If so, our sellers will be locked and loaded later today. Here’s the schedule of some Loupe partners who will have Contenders Optic Football for sale later today:
- BaileyJoe Cards (Wednesday at 10am ET)
- Hit Seekers (Wednesday at 11am ET)
- OPC Baseball (Wednesday at 12pm ET)
- Paradise Card Breaks (Wednesday at 12pm ET)
- Casa Breaks (Wednesday at 7pm ET)
- Courtside Pulls (Wednesday at 8pm ET)
- Kardluck (Wednesday at 8pm ET)
- LMS Box Breaks (Wednesday at 9:30pm ET)
- Underdog Collectibles (Wednesday at 9:30pm ET)
- GAS Trading Cards (Wednesday at 10pm ET)
Hitting a numbered parallel is always a good time. Pulling Loupe colors will ensure your account has a little extra spending money. We call that a win-win.
- What’s in the Box: 2021 Panini Contenders Optic Football
Last week Panini gave us Flawless, and this week they return with another big-time release with 2021 Panini Contenders Optic Football. Optic takes the familiar look and feel of Contenders but adds a little more spice to it with the cards printed on opti-chrome stock. Yet, while there is so much familiar with this product, there are a few new elements you wouldn’t want to miss.
What to Expect
- 6 cards per pack
- 1 pack per box
- 20 boxes per case
2021 Panini Contenders Optic Football’s 100-card base set features the expected standard Season Ticket and Rookie Ticket with nine different parallels including the 1/1 Gold Vinyl parallel.
- Red ( /175)
- Blue (/99)
- Orange (/50)
- Green Pulsar (/30)
- Cracked Ice (/22)
- Red, White and Blue (/13)
- Nebula (/2)
- Gold Vinyl 1/1
While MVP Contenders, Winning Ticket, and All-Time Contenders all return from the original Contenders set, there are some new additions as well.
New in 2021 Optic inserts include Optic Illusion, Splitting Image, and Up and Coming, which highlights the young stars of the NFL. You can expect one insert per box on average.
As mentioned earlier, Rookie Ticket Autographs found a new home among the other autograph inserts with 10 parallel variations of its own. You already know all the big names from the 2021 draft class, and Contenders Optic comes with two autos per box. The odds of hitting a big name are pretty good.
We also get to chase other on-card signatures such as 2012 Contenders Tribute Autographs, Rookie of the Year Contenders, and 2001 Contenders Throwback Rookie Autographs.
Alright Loupe family, Contenders Optic is set to take the field and it’s loaded with some absolute gems. Join us this Wednesday for all of the release day fun because just maybe we have something special in store. Happy Louping!
- What’s in the Box: 2022 Onyx Vintage Baseball
It’s easy to focus on all of the big names in #TheHobby and rightfully so. We’ve grown to love the hype and prestige these products bring. However, every now and then, a great product can go under the radar, and one of those easily slept on products releases today with 2022 Onyx Vintage Baseball.
What to Expect
- Cards per pack: 10
- Packs per box: 1
- Boxes per case: 24
Onyx Vintage Baseball continues its tradition of pairing blue-chip MLB prospects with current and former superstars on the diamond. Top picks from the 2021 rookie class and NIL college prospects share the box with the likes of Shohei Ohtani and Ken Griffey, Jr. in a 65-base card set.
While Onyx Vintage Baseball isn’t as deep of a product as some of its big name counterparts, they made sure to provide some quality elements including autograph parallels. With two on-card autographs in every box, you can chase Blue Signatures (#/50), Green Signatures (#/50), Red Signatures (#/25) and Black Signatures (#/5).
Alright, Loupe family — if you’re looking for something fresh and fun to add to your personal collection, I dare you to hop on the Loupe App today to get your hands on this quality 2022 Onyx Vintage Baseball product and be sure to share your hits with us so we can celebrate with you in your wins!
- What’s in the Box: 2021 Panini Flawless Football
June has been scorching with highly-anticipated and quality releases. It’s not slowing down because this week we’re taking a look at one of the most the hobby’s most well-regarded luxury products to drop every year. That’s right — Panini is back with 2021 Flawless Football, and it looks to continue its reputation as the cream of the crop.
Oh, and each box comes in a fancy briefcase. It really sets the tone as to what kind of prestige we’re talking about.
What to Expect
- Cards per pack: 10
- Packs per box: 1
- Boxes per case: 2
Similar to past years, the base set for 2021 Panini Flawless Football features standard cards and parallels where every single card is accompanied by a gemstone. The parallels include Base Ruby (#/20), Base Sapphire (#/15), Base Diamond (#/10), Base Emerald (#/5), and Base Platinum (1/1).
With six on-card autographs in each box, you’ll get the opportunity to land big hits from stardom-bound first years in Rookie Gem Signatures, to duos of the NFL’s greatest players – both past and present – in Flawless Dual Autographs.
There are some new sets that are going to be very popular with collectors. All-Pro Ink, Red White and Blue Booklet Autographs, and Flawless Performances are three examples of additions Panini has made that look to spice up an already hot product.
Last but definitely not least are the memorabilia cards with the chance to snag 2-3 patch inserts in every box. And like the base and the autograph set, Flawless makes sure to show love to all parties involved. Rookies have the Rookie Patch Autographs and Rookie Dual Patch Autographs featuring five parallels including a 1/1 Platinum NFL Shield edition. Veterans get the same treatment with the Patch Autographs and Dual Patch Autographs.
Alright my fellow Loupers, its game time! Panini Flawless Football drops this week, and I hope this preview helped shed some light on why everyone loves watching a Flawless break. So for everyone who’ll be hunting Flawless, be sure to share your wins with us on so we can celebrate with you!
- What’s in the Box: 2021-22 Panini Noir Basketball
Today, lovers of the game played on 94 feet of hardwood get to indulge in one of the more creative and high-end basketball products of the year. Panini Noir is here, and it’s as breathtaking as ever. And, it’s only right let you know what’s in the box this year.
What to Expect
- Cards per pack: 10
- Packs per box: 1
- Boxes per case: 4
While the base set isn’t as robust as other releases in terms of individual names, Noir features a fairly hefty 395-base card set. Noir’s approach gives notable players several different cards that highlight various aspects of their game. For instance, each player gets their own Association Edition and Icon Edition cards. The parallels include:
- Holo Silver – #/35,
- Gold – #/10,
- Holo Gold – #/5 and
- Platinum – 1/1
As for additional inserts this year, the Metal Frame returns with several themes such as the Statement Edition and Rookie Statement Edition, Feature Length, Split Screen, Vintage Art, and the debut of SLAM Kicks.
Autograph and Memorabilia
This year’s release contains on-card signatures from top superstars and rookies in a number of diverse autographs and memorabilia inserts to chase; however, there are fan favorites you’ll want to look out for.
Spotlight Signatures and Sneaker Spotlight Signatures are considered to be two of the more sought-after sets featuring autographs from both top tier rookies like the 2022 Rookie of the Year, Scottie Barnes, and top superstars like Luka Doncic. In addition, Sneaker Spotlight Signatures will look closer at the stars’ in-game shoe selections.
Noir is also deep on memorabilia inserts that feature game-worn jersey cards. Rookie Patch Autographs, Dish Night, Newsreels, and Two Shot Rookie Jerseys all look to give you a piece of each player’s on-court attire.
Ultimately, the love for Noir is warranted. Whether you’re chasing this highly-touted rookie class or the NBA’s elite superstars, this release feels like it has something for everyone and the sets look great. So as always, jump on the Loupe App today to get your hands on Panini Noir, and be sure to share your hits with us so we can celebrate with you in your wins!
- Loupe has a bounty out on every Panini Prizm AJ Dillon card
It should be a national holiday. Panini Prizm Football has finally released, marking the end to a long wait for one of the most revered products in the hobby. It’s time to hunt rookie cards of guys like Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Ja’Marr Chase, and so many more.
But, it’s also time to hunt for AJ Dillon. The Packers running back is a Loupe partner, and we want to see as many of his cards as possible. That’s why we’re offering bounties on every single one of his 2021 Prizm cards that’s pulled on Loupe from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5. Pull one of his cards and we’ll load you up with Loupe credit. Here’s the breakdown:
- Base card — $20 Loupe credit
- Non-Numbered Parallel — $50 Loupe Credit
- Numbered Parallel — $100 Loupe Credit
- 1/1 — $500 Loupe Credit
It’s an app-wide celebration all weekend long! You don’t want to miss out. Here are some of Loupe’s trusted sellers who will have Prizm for sale later today:
- BaileyJoe Cards (Friday at 10am ET)
- Hit Seekers (Friday at 12pm ET)
- Lab 20 Sports Cards (Friday at 12pm ET)
- Monster Card Shop (Friday at 12pm ET)
- Hot Corner Sports Cards (Friday at 12:30pm ET)
- Casa Breaks (Friday at 1pm ET)
- Courtside Pulls (Friday at 5pm ET)
- Paradise Card Breaks (Friday at 6pm ET)
- Coach Chris Cards (Friday at 8pm ET)
- Breaks with Jess (Friday at 8:30pm ET)
- Zebra Breaks (Friday at 9pm ET)
- LMS Box Breaks (Friday at 9:30pm ET)
- Susie Sports (Friday at 9:45pm ET)
- Triple Crown Trading (Saturday at 12am ET)
It’s a huge weekend for #TheHobby. Now hop into a Loupe stream and let’s get rippin’! We’ve got big rookies to hit and bounties to fulfill.